This website is dedicated to the
memory of Jessica Lincoln
Smith, a John Marsden fan.
Lost tragically at 26, but never to be forgotten.
Things to Explore
One of the things I found most interesting about the "Tomorrow"
series it what it made me think about. I like literature that makes
me think, especially about who I am, right and wrong, what is important
and what does not matter. This page is intended to address some
of the issues raised as well as cover background information about
some of the events and organisations encountered.
The basic premise for the novels is an all out, conventional,
invasion of Australia and the high intensity war that follows.
This link takes a look at how reasonable/likely such an invasion
World Threats to Australia
An overview of the actual threats faced by Australia, as opposed
to those depicted in the novel.
In the novels the invaders of Australia are never identified.
Of course this means everyone loves to speculate as to who they
might be. This page has a look at who they might be and at some
of their actions.
Tankers Go Bang
John Marsden seems to have a love affair with petrol as an explosive.
Time and again he uses petrol to blow things up. This page takes
a look at how reasonable this is.
of the places used in the Tomorrow Series
External Link to Tim's site where he has pics of the sites
in Southern Australia that became Hell, Tailor's Stitch and
Satan's Steps.. Includes a letter from David Baldwin who took
Much more rugged than I had first imaginged, no wonder
they hated climbing in and out.
All the main characters in the novel (except Fi and likely
Chris) have done a "Schools Course" with Outward
Bound Australia. Its not emphasised or explained but it is
significant. Outward Bound Australia is a marvelous organisation
and this page briefly covers what they do.
I think it would be fair to say that the characters in
the series embody many of the values Outward Bound seek to
instill in their graduates.
Marsden on the ABC TV program, Australian Story
External Link to the ABC "Australian Story"
On September 9th, 2002 John Marsden was featured on the
ABC program "Australian Story". The transcript of
this program is linked to above. This is probably the most
interesting interview with him I have read.
Charlotte Lindsay (whom Ellie Linton's best characteristics
are based on) also features. Unfortunately how she responded
when she found out she was the model for Ellie is not recounted.
(Hopefully she smiled, then thumped John Marsden soundly).